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Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36
Nikon Coolpix S3300 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S3300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-156mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 128g - 95 x 58 x 19mm
  • Released February 2012
Nikon S6500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-300mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 95 x 58 x 26mm
  • Launched January 2013
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Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are offered by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the S3300 (16MP) and the S6500 (16MP) is pretty well matched and they use the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The S3300 was announced 11 months prior to the S6500 and they are both of a similar age. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a quick summation of how the S3300 grades against the S6500 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S3300 over the Nikon S6500

 S3300 S6500 

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S3300

 S6500 S3300 
LaunchedJanuary 2013February 2012More recent by 11 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S3300 and Nikon S6500

 S3300 S6500 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera often, you'll have to think about its weight and proportions. The Nikon S3300 has external dimensions of 95mm x 58mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") having a weight of 128 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Nikon S6500 has measurements of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") along with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

See the Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select at that moment. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the S3300 against the S6500.

Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S3300 and S6500 is 96 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to imagine the gap between sensor measurements merely by looking at specifications. The photograph underneath might give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the S3300 and S6500.

Plainly, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution and you can expect similar quality of images but you may want to consider the launch date of the products into consideration. The older S3300 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S3300 Portrait photography features
Nikon S6500 Portrait photography features
40
manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
44
focusing manually
MP count decent (16MP)
provides face detect focusing
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S3300
Street photography with Nikon S6500
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (128 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (250 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S3300 Sports photography highlights
Nikon S6500 Sports photography highlights
40
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
offers tracking focus
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery (180 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S3300 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Travel photography camera
66
lighter than competitors in class (128g)
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (26mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
not so great battery (180 shots)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than average in class (250g)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
very long reach (300mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S3300 Landscape photography information
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography information
41
manual focus
decently wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
not so great battery (180 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse recording
50
focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S3300 Vlogging highlights
Nikon S6500 Vlogging highlights
33
decently wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
lighter than competitors in class (128g)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing mic support
34
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone port
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Nikon S3300 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S3300 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S3300Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S3300 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-02-01 2013-01-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-6.5 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 128g (0.28 pounds) 250g (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 58 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 180 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL19 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $99 $170